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CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

On Friday, I asked you what your worst automotive decisions were. Since I work with David Tracy, I’ve heard and seen some shit. And so I wanted to know what ill luck had befallen the rest of you.


You didn’t disappoint. I was looking for some truly bad and heartbreaking stories. Some are beyond sad and some are beyond sad and also funny at the same time.

I’m sorry I laughed.

[Welcome back to Countersteer, where we ask you to tell us your greatest stories of success and failure, then we pull the very best of them to share with the rest of the world.]

The Eager Tuners (ColdSimon)

Everything’s all fun and games until the turbo blows.


Passing Up On Greatness (CalBearsFan99)

You know what they say: hindsight is 20/20.



Always check the engine bay before braying like a donkey.


Seafoam: Never Again (Zeniff)

Just don’t do it.


Oh You Fancy With Your Three-Piece Wheels (ESSSIX GmbH - Accountant/Wagon Thumper)

Can’t deny the cool factor of three-piece wheels, though.


Always Be On The Lookout For Those Red Flags (Hyperzuma)

If those flags start stacking up, it’s time to run for the hills.


Of Tow Trucks And Illinois Heat (jminer)

Maybe I’m not the only one who routinely runs into issues in certain states.


Let’s Buy All Of Them (arach)

Buy a car for wrenching. Buy a car for modding. Buy a car for Ferrari.


Buying At Night, In The Rain (We’re Jerrys. I know, right?)

When the sun came out, so did the rot.


Oil Is Fun To Breathe! (BrianMadigan)

Honestly, I’m surprised this guy made it as far as he did.


Any Story Involving Buying An MG (Murphie)

It always makes me sad when cars get abandoned, but sometimes it’s what you gotta do, I suppose.


But, But Pretty Fan Motors (SaMajeste)

The problem was discovered because of flip flops.


Black Cars, For Some Reason (8695Beaters)

It can’t all be a coincidence.


Sometimes The Worst IS The Best (golfball)

Everyone remembers their first modding experience.


Buying A Used Ambulance (Green Pig)

Here’s a hint: nobody babies those things.


The Impulse Purchase (79 horsepower monster)

When impulse and nostalgia combine, dangerous things can happen.


Fuck Rotary Engines (SlowpokeTexas)

Now you know why these things never caught on.


The Enabler (Beardface)

That is all.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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